Let’s face it, no matter how many USB ports your computer has, it’s usually not enough. You need a hub. If you spent the money on a MacBook or other metal clad laptop, you probably don’t want a plastic hub sitting next to it. At the same time, you want to protect your machine. Inateck has a solution for both with an aluminum 7-port hub and a felt cover for your Macbook. Let’s look at the hub first.
HB7002 7-port USB 3.0 Hub
The HB7002 USB 3.0 hub from Inateck is a perfect match for the Macbook Pro. It features 7 USB 3.0 Ports, a stylish aluminum outer cover, and a very long and flat cord back to the computer. All of this is high quality, yet lightweight and surprisingly portable for a 7-port hub. If there is any thing I wished it had, would be an included cradle so you could mount it vertically in addition to its natural horizontal position.
When tested in XBench with a 120GB USB 3.0 SSD drive, the Inateck performed very well against a rival hub from Anker. The Anker received a total score of 281.36 while the HB7702 scored 277.93. These speeds are within the margin of error, especially after the test was run multiple times. I would put this hub up against any comparable hub from other manufacturers.
Pricing and Availability
At $32.99 on Amazon, the HB7002 is the most affordable high quality aluminum hub I know about. Definitely worth the money.
The Inateck HB7002 Aluminum USB 3.0 hub is fast, stylish, and affordable. You really can’t go wrong if you have a metal laptop and need more USB 3.0 ports.
MP1500 Felt Sleeve Macbook Pro with Retina Display
I’m obsessive compulsive about my MacBook Pro. While others put stickers on them or say, file off the edges, I have made sure mine after almost two years of ownership is still in pristine condition. Inatek’s MP1500 will help me keep it that way. The MP1500 is a felt sleeve for the 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina. There are also versions for the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Air, the 13″ Macbook Pro, and the Microsoft Surface Line in a couple slightly different styles.
The sleeve features a main pocket for your MacBook. There’s just enough wiggle room if you have a protective case on your MacBook like the Moshi iGlaze. There’s also a large main pocket in the front that’s large enough for accessories or a tablet and a couple unprotected rear pockets. The larger pocket can fit an iPhone 6 Plus while the smaller pocket can fit the 6 and smaller. Both can also fit cables, flash drives, and the like. There is also a miniature version of the case included for the MacBooks power brick. The sleeve is no bigger than it has to be and should fit inside most backpacks or other bags meant for 15″ laptops. This includes my trusty old PowerBag Business backpack and the TYLT Energi+ backpacks now carried by most of the GeekBeat crew.
Pricing and Availability
The Inatek MP1500 is $17.99 on Amazon. Considering that you spent close to $2000 on a MacBook Pro, $18 is almost nothing to keep it safe.
Buying the MP1500 of you have a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro should be a now brainer. It gives you a little bit of added protection and in most cases, it also fits inside your backpack. Its also dirt cheap. In fact, just stop reading this review and get yourself one.